Chapters from Contemporary Cinema
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
By the end of the course students will understand dominant tendencies in contemporary western cinema, explain their economic, social and cultural background; analyse selected films and understand their historical/cultural references.
Mode of study
lecture + seminar
Prerequisites and co-requisites
The course will focus on selected phenomena from contemporary European and US cinema, i.e. following 2000, and analyze their production, distribution as well as esthetic features.
The course will cover following topics - New Romanian Cinema, Greek Weird Wave, Contemporary “Silent” Cinema, Neo/realism Today , Contemporary Polish Cinema, etc.
Recommended or required reading
LIM, Dennis. “A Generation Finds Its Mumble,” nytimes.com, 19 August 2007, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/19/movies/191im.html?ex=1345262400&en=bfbel222d5a64a808jei=5124
TEODORESCU,Jeanine,MUNTEANU, Anca. "´Lazarescu, come forth!´: Cristi Puiu and the Miracle of Romanian Cinema.” Film Criticism 34.2/3 (Winter 2010): 51-66.
ROSE,Steve. ”Attenberg, Dogtooth and the Weird Wave of Greek Cinema.” The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/fi lm/2011/aug/27/attenbergdogtooth-greece-cinema
ALVIN, Rebecca M.. “The Silent Treatment: An Interview with Michel Hazanavicius.” Cineaste 37.2 (Spring, 2012): 6-9.
BERGERY, Benjamin. “Silent Splendor.” American Cinematographer 92.12 (Dec 2011): 68-70,72,74,76-77.
BONNAUD, Frédéric. “Radical Kindness.” Film Comment 48.2 (Mar/Apr 2012): 22-25.
HALTOF, Marek. The cinema of Krzysztof Kieślowski: Variations on Destiny and Chance. Wallflower Press, 2004.
MURRAY,Jonathan.. “The Music of Freedom: An Interview with Paweł Pawlikowski.” Cinéaste 44.1 (Winter 2018): 4-7.
Assessment methods and criteria
Student work is assessed based on the class attendance and participation, a presentation, final essay (1500 words) and final text examining the covered topics
The final grade will be calculated as follows
Class Attendance and Participation: 25%
Final essay: 25%
Final test: 25%
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
Room No. 1
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared